Vote on this: rel="me self" to indicate an authoritative hCard {was: Re: [uf-discuss] Authoritative hCards [was RE: Canonical hCards (was: Search on CSS element)]}

David Janes davidjanes at
Wed Jan 31 06:37:58 PST 2007

On 1/31/07, Ben Ward <lists at> wrote:
> We are voting only on the use of @rel="me self" to reference an
> authoritative hCard that parsers should follow.
> e.g.
> <div class="vcard">
>    <a class="fn url" href="" rel="me
> self">Ben Ward</a>
> </div>

Just to be 100% pedantically clear:

(Part I)

If Ben puts this on his home page, parsers look at
"" will know to look for an authoritative hCard
because of these two things:

1. there's a vcard
2. it has a "url" link with rel="me self"

(Part II -- implication)

If Ben places a vcard on a random page with
url="", a consumer can optionally look there to
find an authoritative hCard.

The 80-20 rule covers the case where we would want to have more than
one authoritative hCard per page (i.e. it's not that common)

(Part III - rel-self)

We're getting the definition of rel-self from here [1]: "self: the
feed itself". It's a small stretch, but I just did some searching for
counter-examples (i.e. where rel-self doesn't point to the best URI
for a feed) and came up empty.

(Part IV -- the word authoritative)

I can't think of a better word. See definition 2 here [2]

So +1

Regards, etc...


David Janes
Founder, BlogMatrix

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